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Laughing Lotus yoga class
Learn the basics at Laughing Lotus


Whether you’ve spent the last few winter months driving a spin bike up imaginary hills, kicking butt in CrossFit, or mastering holiday cocktail-making (whoops!), getting some yoga chops is a great way to start the year. We’re talking tons of physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits that will help with more than what’s going on on the mat.

And this time of year the New York yoga scene makes it easy for you, with lots of beginner workshops offered through January to help you learn the basics, get back into the practice, or brush up on yogi speak. With the foundations you acquire, you’ll soon be comfortable in every pose. Well, maybe not the one where you put your foot behind your head. —Sarah Sarway

Jaya Yoga, where Jennifer Grims is teaching beginners (Photo: Jaya Yoga)

Jaya Yoga
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
New Year’s Beginner Workshop
January 11–12, 1:00–2:15 p.m.
Teacher: Jennifer Grims
Style: Alignment-based vinyasa flow

Lyons Den, Tribeca
The Basics of Baptiste Yoga
January 11, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Teacher: Terri Bahr and Bethany Lyons
Style: Baptiste Yoga, a hot power vinyasa with
emphasis on self-inquiry and meditation

Kula Yoga, Tribeca
Brand New Beginner Series
Saturday, January 11, 18, 25 & February 1, at 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Teacher: Marisa Sako
Style: Kula’s signature smart and sweaty vinyasa flow,
only in bite-size bits for total beginners
$85, or $100 day of workshop,

Laughing Lotus, Flatiron
Absolute Beginner’s Series
Saturday January 11, 18, 25, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
Teacher: Amy Norton
Style: Lotus’ colorful, happy-making vinyasa flow
(expect unexpected dance parties)

Kat Fowler of Pure Yoga (Photo:

Pure Yoga, Upper West Side
Principles of Vinyasa
Saturday, January 18, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Teacher: Kat Fowler
Style: Vinyasa

Bend and Bloom, Park Slope, Brooklyn
Brand New Beginner Workshop
Sunday, January 19, 5:00–7:30 p.m.
Teacher: Marisa Sako
Style: Alignment-based vinyasa

Dirty Yoga Co., Online
Prep: Yoga for Beginners
Online; 5 40-minute lessons, 1 45-minute practice class, 1 40-minute DirtyYoga workout
Teacher: Jess Gronholm
Style: No-frills, no-fuss, strength-building vinyasa